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Raisi killed in helicopter crash

International Desk : Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and his foreign minister were killed in a helicopter crash in East Azerbaijan province of Iran, an Iranian official said on Monday.

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"President Raisi, the foreign minister and all the passengers in the helicopter were killed in the crash," the senior Iranian official told Reuters.

State TV reported that images from the site showed the aircraft slammed into a mountain peak, although there was no official word on the cause of the crash.

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State news agency IRNA said Raisi was flying in a U.S.-made Bell 212 helicopter.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who holds ultimate power with a final say on foreign policy and Iran's nuclear programme, had earlier sought to reassure Iranians, saying there would be no disruption to state affairs.

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